Whitstable RNLI lifeboat launched to Motor Boat Aground

Lifeboats News Release

There was only one call for the Whitstable Atlantic 85 lifeboat Lewisco over the bank holiday weekend when the crew launched at 7.01pm on Monday evening following a report of 2 persons onboard a 21ft motor cruiser aground with a power failure, the reported position being on the Horse Sands in the

The Whitstable Atlantic 85 Lifeboat.

RNLI Whitstable.

Lewisco, the Whitstable Atlantic 85 Lifeboat.
The lifeboat arrived at the scene and located the casualty vessel further up river 300-metres east of Harty Ferry on the mainland side.

The lifeboat crew advised the occupants to set out an anchor as the lifeboat would be unable to tow the craft into a floating position.

Those onboard the stranded vessel reported to the lifeboat crew that they intended to abandon their craft and walk across the mud flats to the sea wall but were advised against that course of action due to the risk of becoming stranded in the soft mud and were informed that the coastguard rescue team were en-route.

However the two declined the advice and made the difficult crossing across the flats to the sea wall before heading towards Harty Ferry.

As the lifeboat crew were satisfied the two required no further assistance and their motor cruiser was anchored the lifeboat was released from the incident and returned to station.

Notes to editors

Whitstable RNLI Lifeboat Station was established in 1963 by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and is one of 237 lifeboat stations around the shores of the UK and Ireland. The volunteer crews provide a maritime search and rescue service for the Kent coast. They cover the area between the Kingsferry Bridge on the Swale, in the west, around the south-eastern side of Sheppey and along the coast through Whitstable and Herne Bay to Reculver in the east and outwards into the Thames Estuary.

The station is equipped with an Atlantic 85 lifeboat named Lewisco, purchased through a bequest of a Miss Lewis of London who passed away in 2006.

She is what is known as a rigid inflatable inshore lifeboat, the boat’s rigid hull being topped by an inflatable sponson. She carries a crew of four people.

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